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Far South Side man drowns in Chicago River

Police say a man died after he was pulled from the Chicago River near Columbus late Thursday. | NVP News

A 20-year-old man from the Far South Side drowned in the Chicago River downtown late Thursday.

Jermaine A. Nixon Jr. was with a group of friends when he jumped into the water about 11:30 p.m. near the Columbus Drive bridge, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

They called for help when he lost consciousness, and a CPD marine unit pulled him from the water, authorities said.

Nixon was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died at 12:50 a.m. Friday. He lived in the 10400 block of South Avenue L, authorities said.

An autopsy Friday found that he drowned and ruled his death an accident.